The adoption process as a whole can feel like a minefield on appearance. If you are thinking of adopting a child it can seem like a potentially never ending process that doesn’t appear to have a clear beginning, or it may be that you are already entered in to the system but have come up against a situation you are not sure how to progress with.
It is so important that you obtain the help of a qualified legal professional whatever your relationship with the adoption process may be as it is a delicate, very complex organisation. Our Family team has specially trained adoption lawyers that can be with you throughout your journey, advising, guiding and supporting you when you need it most.
If you wish to adopt a child
There is a strict process which must be followed if you wish to adopt a child. You will need to be assessed as a suitable candidate which requires an in depth application to be submitted. You may need our help should there be discrepancies in your assessment that you wish to address or you may feel that inaccurate information has been used which you want to correct before a decision is made.
If your child has been put up for adoption
If you find yourself in the position where you fear that your child may be removed, or has already been withdrawn from your care by the local adoption authorities due to concerns about their care, we can help you make your voice heard.
It is imperative to have support from as early on in this process as possible. Our family law and adoption specialists are trained in offering the best advice, especially if there are parents involved that may be dealing with physical or mental health difficulties that have resulted in this action being taken. Even if for just an initial chat regarding steps forward, that is what we are here for.
Drawing on years of experience, the family law experts at Pengelly & Rylands can support you with:
- adopting a stepchild or relative;
- adopting a child in care;
- objecting to the adoption of your child;
- negotiating continued contact with your child before and after the adoption process;
- resolving problems which arise after an adoption has been finalised; and
- exploring alternatives to adoption.
Advising families throughout Tenterden, Kent and beyond
We have offices in Tenterden, Chatham, Tonbridge, Gravesend and Maidstone where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings by Skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment
We offer an initial 1 hour appointment to discuss your requirements from £180 inc VAT.